ALM is taking another big step in mobile optimization—what could be a crucial one for its mobile-friendly audience.The b-to-b publisher of more 20 titles focusing on the legal services industry has launched dedicated mobile sites for 14 of its national and regional brands. The move comes after the company optimized its newsletters for mobile devices in early March—which, it recently announced, has boosted open rates by more than 60 percent—and follows the hire of Jeffrey Litvack as senior vice president of digital media last fall.“ALM’s focus on developing state-of-the art sites for accessing news content on mobile devices and tablets is in response to the adoption of mobile as a preferred means by legal professionals for how they wish to keep up to date on the developments of the industry,” Litvack says in a statement.Litvack’s comments are buttressed by survey results and internal metrics that suggest mobile is a key consumption platform among legal professionals. Close to 90 percent of lawyers use smartphones, according to the release, while mobile traffic to ALM properties has increased nearly 60 percent year-over-year.Content-wise, the mobile sites emphasize recency and breaking news, as opposed to ALM’s educational content or services, Litvack says.While ALM considered a responsive design solution, they felt dedicated mobile sites were preferable, given their goals.“Responsive design ultimately is a middle of the road approach,” he says. “It’s about making compromises—whether its on the mobile site or tablet or website. This is especially true when it comes to advertising, because responsive advertising isn’t there yet. For b-to-b companies, the question is: Can you afford to manage multiple sites? Where our traffic is growing so significantly on mobile sites, it would be foolish of us to not optimize the experience.”
In the face of substantial differences over a variety of issues in the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill, the lead staff for the congressional committees that produced the two measures said the bills aren’t as far apart as it may seem.“The objectives are the same, the intent is the same,” Chris Brose, staff director for the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday at an American Enterprise Institute event.One of the tougher issues that will need to be settled in conference is funding. While they both stick to the topline requested by the Obama administration for DOD’s base budget, the House adds $18 billion from the department’s overseas contingency operations account for base budget needs not requested by the Pentagon. That maneuver, though, would shortchange funding for overseas operations and force the next administration to request supplementary war funds before the end of April. As a result, the White House has threatened to veto the measure.Bob Simmons, staff director for House Senate Armed Services, defended the bill’s fiscal approach, pointing out that Democrats had used it in the past, reported Defense News.“We’re doing all these things to help the Department of Defense,” Simmons added. “If [the president is] going to veto it, he’s operating under false pretenses. We are taking care of the warfighter. We want to make sure those kids go into harm’s way with what they need.”The Senate version did not adopt the House framework, but Brose noted that SASC Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) also sought extra funds to pay for more equipment and higher force levels.“We have no disagreement over the need for this, and the challenge is how you deliver it with a topline both sides agree is inadequate,” Brose said.The Senate version also contains provisions that are opposed by the White House, including language that splits the position of undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics into two posts — an undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and the renamed undersecretary for management and support.The committee’s reforms continue last year’s approach, which placed more acquisition authority in the hands of the services, Brose said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
TEWKSBURY, MA — Your Tewksbury Today Editor Bill Gilman recently interviewed 19th Middlesex State Representative Candidate Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington).McCoy answers the following questions:What are some of the key things that you’ve been hearing from voters that they’re concerned about?What will you do as a State Representative regarding the overdevelopment of Tewksbury?What should the working relationship be like between the local officials (e.g., Selectmen) and legislative delegation (e.g., State Representative)?What will you do as a State Representative to battle the opioid epidemic?Where do you stand on the location of Into Action Recovery’s sober house in Tewksbury?What is the small business climate like now in Massachusetts? What are some of things moving forward on the state level to help foster small business growth?How will you maintain independence and not be a rubber stamp for Democratic State House leaders?What are you trying to get across to the voters about who Mike McCoy is as a person?How can people learn more about you and your campaign?Listen to the 25-minute interview, courtesy of Your Tewksbury Today, below.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Residents Should Vote Mike McCoy For State Rep Because…In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”
Stocks of Bhushan Steel recorded a year’s low at ₹305 per share following involvement in Syndicate bank corruption case.The price of each share slumped ₹76.20 or 20 percent during trading hours on Wednesday at 1.30 pm.On Saturday, CBI arrested the chairman of Syndicate bank, S K Jain and a few others for demanding bribe to enhance the credit limit of Bhushan Steel and Prakash Industries.According to reports, Jain was found demanding a bribe of ₹50 Lakh from Neeraj Singhal, Bhushan Steel’s vice-chairman. CBI director, Ranjit Sinha ordered an internal inquiry after his team failed to arrest Singhal during the investigation at his residence in the bribery case.After conducting raids at 20 different locations across Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal, CBI seized ₹21 lakh cash, fixed deposit receipts of ₹63 lakh and gold jewellery worth ₹1.68 crore.Bhushan Steel had taken a loan of ₹100 crore and Prakash Industries also borrowed ₹120 crore from Syndicate Bank. Both the companies allegedly tried to settle the loan by bribing Jain last week.CBI has also seized ₹50 lakh offered to Jain by both the companies. Moreover, both companies are also being investigated in connection with the coal block allocation scam, popularly known as Coalgate.Incorporated in 1989, Bhushan Steel’ reported net loss of ₹19.57 crore in Q4 March 2014 against its net profit of ₹280 crore in Q4 March 2013. Net sales plunged 10.9 percent to ₹2,399.73 crore in Q4 March 2014 over Q4 March 2013.During the year 2013-14, the company took loan of ₹1,042 crore from Axis Bank.Bhushan Steel facility is located in Sahibabad (Uttar Pradesh), Khopoli (Maharashtra) and Meramandali in Orissa state. The company is listed in BSE with stock code 500055 and in NSE with name BHUSANSTL.
Arab officials and foreign ministers pose for a photo during the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers preparatory to the 29th Summit in Riyadh. Reuters Meta:The Gulf crisis, which has seen Qatar isolated by Saudi Arabia and its allies, is not on the table at the upcoming meeting of Arab League states, Riyadh’s foreign minister said Thursday.“The solution of Qatar will be within the GCC,” or the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh ahead of the Arab Summit.He was responding to an AFP question on whether the crisis was on the agenda at the meeting on Sunday, which is hosted by Saudi Arabia and joins 21 of the 22 Arab League member states.Syria is technically a member of the league but has been suspended from the summit since 2011 over the government’s role in the war there.Qatar has confirmed its attendance at the Saudi summit.The 10-month Gulf crisis pits Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain against Qatar. It is the worst crisis to ever hit the Gulf, home to both the world’s largest exporters of oil and liquified natural gas-Saudi Arabia and Qatar respectively.Riyadh and its allies broke off relations with Doha in June, accusing it of fostering close links with Tehran and supporting Islamist extremists. Qatar denies the charges.The boycott includes the closure of the small Gulf state’s only land border with Saudi Arabia.Saudi media close to the government this week announced the kingdom planned to dig a canal the length of its border with Qatar, to turn its peninsula neighbour into an isolated island.The planned canal, dubbed “Salwa”, is “funded entirely by Saudi and Emirati private sector investment under full Saudi authority,” Sabq Online Newspaper reported on Monday.The Saudi government has not issued a denial.Kuwait, a member of the GCC, has led mediation efforts in the crisis-to no avail-with the support of the United States.US President Donald Trump had initially supported the Saudi-led economic blockade on Qatar, but aides-mindful of the pivotal role that the Al Udeid Air Base outside Doha plays in US Middle East operations-have since convinced him to take a more moderate approach.Trump met with the Emir of Qatar at the White House on Tuesday, barely one year after alleging Doha funded terrorism at a “high level” and less than two weeks after meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The president on Tuesday dubbed the Qatari emir a “friend” and “great gentleman”.
A US drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination ofNobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, an Afghan defense ministry spokesman said Friday.In a telephone interview, Mohammad Radmanish said Fazlullah and two other insurgents were killed early Thursday morning, just hours before Afghanistan’s Taliban began a three-day cease fire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The three-day holiday follows the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan when devout adherents fast from sunrise to sunset.However, Sakhi Mashwani, a Parliamentarian from Kunar province told the Associated Press that Fazlullah, along with five other insurgents, died when the strike slammed into the vehicle in which they were driving.Mashwani said dozens of people, including Fazlullah’s brother, Moheen Dada, gathered Friday in the Ghaziabad district of Kunar province, to offer prayers for the dead Taliban leader.According to a statement attributed to US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt Col Martin O’Donnell, the US carried out a “counterterrorism strike” Thursday in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan targeting “a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.”The statement did not say whether the strike had killed anyone and did not identify Fazlullah as the target. However, the statement did note that the drone attack did not violate a cease-fire announcement made 7 June by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani. The Taliban’s promise of a temporary truce came on Monday.Radmanish said the drone attack took place in Marawara district, near the border.Pakistan’s military refused to comment on the report of Fazlullah’s death saying any information would have to come from Washington. Yet Fazlullah’s death would be welcome news in Pakistan, where the government has repeatedly complained that Fazlullah and his Tehrik-e-Taliban had found safe havens across the border in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Kabul and Washington both complain that Pakistan has for years allowed Afghanistan’s Taliban free movement as well as medical treatment for battlefield wounds.Still, the recent cease-fire announcement by Afghanistan’s Taliban is being at least partially credited to Pakistan, which some observers say has been pressing the leadership to accept President Ghani’s recent peace overtures.In his Eid greeting this week, Afghan Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhunzada repeated the Taliban demand for direct talks with the United States before opening negotiations with the Afghan government. Until now, Washington has refused.It was Yousafzai’s open call for girls’ education and criticism of the Taliban that infuriated Fazlullah. She was just 14 when she survived the assassination attempt in 2012. Her return to her hometown earlier this year seemed a particular triumph as it was also to open a school funded by a charity she established to promote girls education globally.She has often said that Fazlullah’s attempts to silence her backfired and instead he amplified her voice around the world.A ruthless leader, Fazlullah ordered the bombing and beheadings of dozens of opponents when his band of insurgents controlled Pakistan’s picturesque Swat Valley from 2007 until a massive military operation routed them in 2009.In Yousafzai’s hometown of Mingora in the Swat Valley, residents welcomed reports of Fazlullah’s death with one resident saying many feared he would return one day to re-impose his violent rule.”We witnessed the brutality of the Taliban in Swat when Fazlullah and his men were present here and we are happy to know that he has gone to hell,” said Idrees Khan, a member of a local elders peace committee. “People in Swat will feel safer after the killing of Fazlullah.”His insurgent group, the Tehrik-e-Taliban, also took responsibility for the brutal attack on an Army Public School in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar in December 2014 when more than 140 children and their teachers were slaughtered.Survivors of the attack told of insurgents roaming through the school shooting their victims, some as young as six years old, in the head.Mohammad Akhtar, whose 12-year-old son Fahad Khan died in the 2014 massacre, said he had been waiting for confirmation of “terrorist Fazlullah’s” death.”Thank God, he is dead,” he said after returning from a visit to his son’s grave.Fazlullah rose to prominence through radio broadcasts in Swat demanding the imposition of Islamic law, earning him the nickname “Mullah Radio.” His radio talks also aired the grievances of many in the northwest against the government, such as its slow-moving justice system. He also reached out to women, promising to address their complaints about not getting a fair share of their inheritance.His brutality often included public beheadings, often of police officers. His exact age is not known but he was believed to be in his late 30s.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUTAmong the costs of Hurricane Harvey are lost jobs.Early projections say Hurricane Harvey will end up costing $190 billion. Damages, disruption to businesses and increased gas prices all contribute to this. Another factor: lost jobs due to the storm.Lisa Givens, a spokesperson for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), tells News 88.7 about 125,000 people in Texas have applied for Disaster Unemployment Assistance since Harvey hit.Givens says not all of those claims will be paid, as they’re still processing eligibility requirements. “As we move through the recovery process, we’re certainly looking to place people in employment,” Givens said. “We are anecdotally hearing many times these claims are for temporary situations of unemployment. But we just won’t know until the long term plays out.”More federal money is on the way to help with the situation. The Department of Labor has awarded a $30 million grant to the workforce commission to fund temporary jobs to aid cleanup, demolition and other Harvey recovery efforts. The commission is working with workforce development offices called Workforce Solutions to determine needs.“The Workforce Solutions offices can determine by looking at individual skills and assessing their skill level, they’ll be able to appropriately place them in employment that fits their needs, as well as the employers’ demands,” Givens said.Grants like these have been awarded to TWC in the past. An estimated $88 million in federal grant money was allocated to help after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A $13 million grant was awarded specifically for dislocated workers after the downturn of the gas and oil industry.Pre-Harvey, the Texas workforce was ticking up, adding 5,500 jobs in August. And annual employment growth for Texas was at 2.5 percent, which was more than double the annual growth rate set the previous year. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:34 Share
Serendipity Delhi, a unique Concept Store dedicated to promoting Art, Music, Culture and Design is organizing a special Book Reading evening with William Dalrymple on his latest release Return of a King on March 28. Adding a Musical note to the evening will be a performance of Thumri-Dadra and Ghazal by noted classical singer Vidya Rao. The event is a Fund Raiser to benefit All Creatures Great and Small (ACGS), a non-profit organization that provides shelter for animals in distress. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hosted at Serendipity’s beautifully restored Haveli, meet the author and other book and classical music lovers, and enjoy the ambience of Serendipity’s lovely terrace. William Dalrymple is a bestselling author whose books include In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and Nine Lives. He has won the Premio Hemingway Prize 2015 for Return of a King. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix d’Astrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature, the Vodafone/Crossword Award for non-fiction and has, prior to the shortlisting of Return of a King, been longlisted three times for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi. Vidya Rao is a leading performer of thumri-dadra and ghazal. The disciple of the legendary singer, the late Vidushi Naina Devi, she has performed at national and international forums, has lectured and conducted workshops and lecture-demonstrations, and has composed and sung for theatre, film and dance.
5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 30, 2017 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global In recent years, mobile apps exploded on the scene and, almost instantly changed the way we live. These days, it seems as though everyone has a great idea for how to break into the market.Related: Getting Started With Small Business App DevelopmentIn fact, there are now nearly 7 million total apps available in the leading app stores. With so many programs competing for people’s attention, building yet another enticing interface is no easy task.A study conducted by App Annie in the first quarter of 2017 found that, on average, people worldwide use between eight and 12 apps per day on their smartphones. So, if you want to break into that exclusive circle, the competition is real, and you have to find ways to deliver something which people cannot live without.Here are three tips to keep in mind throughout the development process.Make sure customers can able identify the value, quickly.One of the unfortunate side effects of the internet, and the current state of technology, is that attention spans have become disturbingly short. One key study put the average right around eight seconds.With that being said, you need to promote your app’s unique selling proposition (USP) right off the bat. As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t fully describe the purpose and functionality in a sentence or two, it’s too complicated.Regardless of what type of app you are building, it needs to be conveyed as something that changes people’s lives for the better. Or at least, proves itself useful immediately.Take CM Security Master, for example. This company knows Android phones are susceptible to viruses. So, it created an intuitive privacy-protection program (available on Google Play) that scans your phone and identifies risks in real-time. Then, it cleans out the infections so your phone can work at 100 percent efficiency and your valuable data is safe.Related: 3 Ways to Build A Mobile App With No Tech SkillsClearly, its creators found a problem in the status quo, and built a tool that solves it. Its USP can be described in a few words.The takeaway: The success of a mobile app depends substantially on how well you communicate the value. In your messaging, get right to the point!Find ways to connect people.In the digital universe we call home, one of the main themes is about bringing people together. Apps have an interesting way of fabricating their own universe. A good goal to have during development is to create an authentic following in which users can add to the progression of your platform.Your mission should be to design an arena of shared value iwhich people can’t get anywhere else.The “for the people, by the people” mentality is a great idea to promote. The creators behind apps like Planet Peepz have nailed this concept down to a tee. Billed as the “very first discount shopping platform,” this program aims to build a community in which users can help one other find the best deals in the area.Within the app, businesses can create their own ads, coupons, loyalty programs and upsells, and access free reservation and appointment software.Primarily designed for service providers like dentists, vets, salons and other professionals, Planet Peepz constructed a virtual society where both consumers and establishments can reap the benefits of free cross-promotion opportunities and customer management.The takeaway: To be successful in connecting like-minded people, you’ve got to push your platform as a one-of-a-kind experience where everyone involved benefits and shares value.Keep it simple.As previously stated, attention spans are at an all-time low. It’s safe to say that smartphones themselves are a contributing factor to this phenomenon. Above all else, the usability of your app should be easy to grasp from the get-go.Users’ time is precious. Chances are, most won’t sit down to read and sift through directions. For this reason, you need to make sure every aspect of your program can be picked up and mastered within minutes — or seconds.”One of the most common factors I’ve seen in successful apps is simplicity,” says Jeff Shuford, president of Tech From Vets, a digital development company aimed at helping military veterans expand their technology-based ventures. “No one wants to spend hours trying to figure out how to use an app to its fullest extent. There should always be a sense of instant gratification.”In relation to this concept, one of the best examples today is Uber. When the founders set out, they wanted to create a simplified solution for hailing cabs. Upon opening the app, the user can get the results needed in a matter of seconds. And there’s barely anyone who can’t understand how it works.The takeaway: Smartphones are meant to make people’s lives easier. The first impression the user has and the impression your program intends should be the same.Building an app these days is a tedious job. Most people are content with the current programs on their phones and are not easily persuaded to add more to the mix. Keeping this in mind, you really need to focus on setting yourself apart, to break this tough barrier. Always be asking yourself: “How does this improve lives?”Related: A Guide On How To Get New App IdeasRemember, simply getting people to download your app is only the tip of the iceberg. You need to constantly be testing the flow and looking for ways to improve. No app is perfect. You must be committed and open to change throughout its entire lifespan. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.